Rolls – car with the dragon coach­line

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - NEWS -

THE im­por­tance of the Chinese mar­ket is en­dorsed by Rolls-Royce’s de­ci­sion to of­fer be­spoke de­tail­ing for the Phan­tom mod­els to cel­e­brate the Year of the Dragon from Jan­uary 23.

Dragons are em­broi­dered in the head­rests, ap­pear in mar­quetry and are painted on the car’s ex­te­rior. R-R is be­ing care­ful: “In or­der to achieve per­fect sym­me­try and bal­ance, the dragon will al­ways look for­ward. The hand-painted dragon coach­line is in­spired by the For­bid­den City in Bei­jing and pro­vides dis­tinc­tive fin­ish­ing touches to the car’s ex­te­rior.”

Chinese-owned Volvo is cel­e­brat­ing a re­turn to sus­tain­able trad­ing. Hal­fyear re­sults show higher prof­its and a 20 per cent sales in­crease, to 230,746 cars. Helpers in­cluded de­mand for the 60 range and low CO2 DRIVe mod­els which take 19.2pc of Euro­pean sales.

A cau­tion­ary note: “The re­cent de­vel­op­ments in the global econ­omy makes it dif­fi­cult for us to pre­dict the car mar­ket and we need to be pre­pared for changes in con­sumer de­mand,” says Ste­fan Ja­coby, pres­i­dent and CEO, Volvo Car Cor­po­ra­tion.

Volk­swa­gen’s Golf, due for re­place­ment next year, re­tained its No 1 sales po­si­tion in Europe in July, with the smaller Polo re­plac­ing the Ford Fi­esta at No 2.

Half year sales champs are Golf, Fi­esta, Polo, Corsa, Clio, As­tra, and Fo­cus. The to­tal mar­ket is down 1.7pc on 2010. (Source: JATO Dy­nam­ics).

The Gil­era Run­ner top-end moped was the most stolen mo­tor­bike last year, with the more prac­ti­cal Pi­ag­gio the most stolen brand. Be vig­i­lant, says De­tec­tive Chief In­spec­tor Mark Hooper, head of ACPO Ve­hi­cle Crime In­tel­li­gence Ser­vice. “It can take less than ten sec­onds to over­come a nor­mal steer­ing lock.”

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